Motorcyclists collided in ‘accident’ rules inquest

The inquest was held at Bideford town hall today (Thurs).

The inquest was held at Bideford town hall today (Thurs). - Credit: Archant

Coroner today (Thurs) found the two men who collided at Rose Ash near South Molton died as the result of an accident.

A CORONER has ruled two motorcyclists who collided on an unclassified road near South Molton died as the result of an accident.

Peter Owers, 71, from Lynton and Graham Davey, 67, from Newton Abbot, were both killed almost instantly in the head on collision on May 30, last year.

The pair, who were travelling in opposite directions, suffered ‘catastrophic’ injuries and were pronounced dead at the scene between Moortown and Gidley Cross.

Deputy coroner John Tomalin said the collision was caused when Mr Davey had pulled out from behind the car in front of him.


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The driver of the car, David Davies, who was also an experienced motorcyclist, said he and his wife had heard a ‘large bang’ but did not see the collision happen.

The pair stopped their car and rushed to the scene where they discovered Mr Davey lying at the roadside and performed CPR until the air ambulance arrived.

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Mr Owers, who had been riding a red BMW motorcycle, was discovered in a drainage ditch at the roadside. It is thought both bikes span out on control when they collided.

Evidence given by collision investigator PC John Hitchcock and forensic vehicle examiner Geoffrey Chapman suggested Mr Davey had indicated before the collision.

PC Hitchcock said it was unlikely Mr Davey would have been able to see the road ahead or Mr Owers from his position behind the car.

He said Mr Davey had probably either gone to overtake the car, or to pull out to check if the road ahead was clear before performing the manoeuvre.

Mr Davey had been riding with a group of friends who dubbed themselves ‘the silver riders’, who every Wednesday rode out to the log cabin in South Molton.

He had bought a new bike the previous evening and fellow rider Martin Dilkes said when they stopped at Okehampton Mr Davey was happy with its performance.

Mr Tomalin concluded that both of the men had died as the result of an accident.

He said: “I believe, having heard the evidence, the correct conclusion is that both Mr Davey and Mr Owers died as the result of an accident.”

He said: “I believe, having heard the evidence, the correct conclusion is that both Mr Davey and Mr Owers died as the result of an accident.”

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